Q&A: Richt disappointed in pass protection, encouraged by players’ attitudes

Here’s what Georgia coach Mark Richt had to say after Saturday night’s 35-21 loss to Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome.

Q: Opening statement:

A: “Congratulations to Boise State. They just beat us tonight. They were better than we were and my hats off to them. Our players understand understand that and our players understand that we’ve got to get a lot done before we play next week and open Southeastern Confewrence play. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We know that everybody’s 0-0 in league play. Our goal is to win the Eastern Division and that’s not changing. So we have to get ready for that. Boise State did a great job tonight and I congratulate them. Questions? . . .

Oh, I have an announcement. (Bacarri) Rambo is eligible to play next week. He was suspended for the first game for the usual team rules violation. Carlton Thomas will play next week, too.

Q: It looked like y’all were trying to execute a hurry-up offense and send in plays after the from the line of scrimmage after the defense was set. Was that the case and how’d you think the offense played?

A: “We did try to go up-tempo. Tried to run some no –huddle. We tried to spread it out a little more and get some of our guys out in space. We didn’t have an awful lot of success. Historically, Boise State’s defense has been pretty good. It’s not like they’re not one of the top defenses in America. But I think we’ll continue to do that. I don’t think we’re going to stop trying to do that. No matter what you do offensively, whether you go no-huddle or not, you’ve got to execute, you’ve got to get first downs, you’ve got to make plays. Whether we huddled or not I don’t know if that had any bearing on it.”

Q: What are you most disappointed about?

A: “First of all that we lost the game. I think our protection on third down was a little disappointing. The majority of our sacks came on third down. First and second down I thought we protected pretty good. Offensively that was an issue. Defensively we just couldn’t get them off the field once they got going in the second half. Just didn’t get them off the field enough.

Q: Your defense did not record a sack. Why couldn’t you get any pressure on Kellen Moore?

A: “He’s a very good player so he knows where to go with the ball and when to go there. They protected him well, too. He rarely got knocked down. We forced him a couple of times to throw the ball a little sooner than he wanted to, but we didn’t get any sacks. . . . We didn’t get enough pressure on him.”

Q: How would you assess the running game?

A: “It wasn’t real clean. They did a couple of things differently. They did a little more stunting and late movement. But we just didn’t block it clean enough to give them some space to run. The backs had to earn everything they got.”

Q: Your impressions of Boise State?

A: “We went in having an awful lot of respect for them.. We knew they were a very good football team. They were good on both sides of the ball. Very veteran defensive football team. An awful lot of experience on the offensive side of the ball as well. And they get after it. They did a great job.”

Q: What kind of adjustments do you need to make for South Carolina?

A: “We get a little time to think about what kind of adjustments we’ll have to do. We’ll have to do a better job than we did a year ago on quick screens and things of that nature. But we’ve got time to work on all that.”

Q: What’d you think of playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game?

A: “It was a big game, a big atmosphere. I thought the crowd was into it. The kids were excited on both sides. Everybody was excited. There was a lot of buzz around the city, a lot of buzz around the Dome and inside the Dome. It’s a great venue and a great game to play.”

Q: How bad are the injuries to Alec Ogletree and Kenarious Gates and how’d it affect your team’s play?

A: “Ogletree was probably, between Christian Robinson and Ogletree, we couldn’t really afford to lose one of those two guys. The drop off was going to be pretty steep, with true freshmen and a walk-on in there. They’re good kids and they’re busting their tails, but it was a position we felt we really couldn’t afford that type of an injury. I have to get with Ron [Courson] to find out exactly what’s going on with Tree. Gates leaving was not good for Georgia and not good for Gates. But Dallas [Lee] was a guy we felt comfortable could go in there and play guard. I’ll have to watch the filmto see how he did.

“As a coach you don’t want anybody to get hurt, but at certain spots you feel like you might could take a hit and be OK. The linebacker position was one we weren’t too thrilled about losing anybody and, of course, we lost Alec.”

Q: Did you think your team was too hyped up?

A: “I thought both teams were a little overly excited early on and made some mistakes. But I thought everybody settled down relatively quick.”

Q: Did you think poor field position cost you?

A: “We were in a bind. We decided to take the ball first and didn’t get much going. Maybe we were too excited or whatever you want to say and then we were a little backed up. But then we had the long touchdown by [Brandon] Boykin and then we were back to normal field position after that. So it didn’t really cost us.”

Q: Why did you not kick the field goal on the fourth-and-one you got stopped?

A: “I decided to go for it. I did that because I felt like we could get one yard. I also felt like more than likely touchdowns wwere going to be needed to win the game. I know we’ve got a great field goal kicker and he could’ve made that one. Maybe in hindsight we should have kicked. If I had known we were going to get stuffed I would have kicked the field goal at that time.”

Q: How big of a momentum changer was it for Boise State to score at the end of the fist half and the beginning of the second?

A: “It was big. They got a two possession lead. But as early as it was in the second half, it wasn’t like everybody was in panic mode or anything like that.”

Q: How did you think Isaiah Crowell and Malcolm Mitchell did in their first games?

A: “I think both of them did well. I think Isaiah, I’ll have to watch the film, but my guess is he got about as much as he could get out of what he had to deal with. Of course Malcolm made a couple of nice plays. He had the reverse and three catches and a touchdown. He’s a good football player. Those guys got a bright future.”

Q: How do you team get your team up off the mat and motivated after putting so much into this first game?

A: “I was encouraged by the reaction of our seniors especailluy in the locker room afterwards. They were encouraging everybody to get to work. Southeastern Conference play hasn’t even started and it’s a long season. We’;ve got to get our minds right. After a game like this, there’s no question we know more about our team than if we had played somebody we might’ve beaten by 40. So hopefully that will translate into us having a better idea of how to play these types of games and help us see where our weaknesses are.”

627 comments Add your comment

Hairy05

September 4th, 2011
1:49 am

big dawg

September 4th, 2011
1:49 am

fire bobo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bride of Chucky Knapp

September 4th, 2011
1:51 am

I see words strung together resembling sentences but they ultimately mean nothing to me.

Rich

September 4th, 2011
1:52 am

The fact that Bobo kept running the ball up the middle on 1st and 2nd for short gains mixed in with penalties made 3rd down VERY predictable so no wonder Murray got sacked mostly on 3rd down. Lack of discipline and creative play-calling.

Sean

September 4th, 2011
1:54 am

Did anyone ask whether he is going to make changes with the offensive play calling?

Indian Dawg

September 4th, 2011
1:56 am

Tough loss, but firing Bobo and/or Richt right here and now wouldn’t do us ANY good.

minor

September 4th, 2011
1:57 am

AFTER SEEING THE UGA GOOBERS LOSE TO BOISE, MY GUESS THE KID,JOHN JOHN ATKINS IS GOING TO THINK “OH HELL TO THE NO” AND DE-COMMITT…WHY END UP IN A PILE OF DEWDEW WHERE THE REST OF THE 5 STARS END UP IN INBREDVILLE…DONT WORRY CHIZEKHEAD WILL COME ALONG WITH A PILE OF MONEY CAREFULLY LAUNDERED AND GET IT TO HIS FATHER

You're my boy Blue!

September 4th, 2011
1:58 am

Will the Dawgs come out in all pink for the Crackalacky game? They play accordingly.

BARBIE

September 4th, 2011
1:59 am

AFTER SEEING THE UGA GOOBERS LOSE TO BOISE, MY GUESS THE KID,JOHN JOHN ATKINS IS GOING TO THINK “OH HELL TO THE NO” AND DE-COMMITT…WHY END UP IN A PILE OF DEWDEW WHERE THE REST OF THE 5 STARS END UP IN INBREDVILLE…DONT WORRY CHIZEKHEAD WILL COME ALONG WITH A PILE OF MONEY CAREFULLY LAUNDERED AND GET IT TO HIS FATHER

YALL GET SOME SLEEP NOW YOU HEAR

Indian Dawg

September 4th, 2011
1:59 am

On a side note, we need to seriously work on this soft zone we had going on in the second half. All they did were throw short passes and get extra yards bc the nearest linebacker or safety was like 20 feet away. And how in the hell did our 350 pounders not get penetration?! God, I’m frustrated!

honestly

September 4th, 2011
2:00 am

Honestly, it looks like Georgia needs to change quartervbacks.

This guy is hyped to the nines and I just don’t see it. He runs kind of funny as well.

Dawgs97

September 4th, 2011
2:01 am

Dan Mullen & Kirby Smart, get your resumes together.

Yunel's Frosted Tips

September 4th, 2011
2:03 am

Me and friend watching the game said the same thing about Murray…………..just don’t see him as a big time QB…………looking more and more like a dark-headed Joe Cox

azdawg

September 4th, 2011
2:05 am

Same ole song and dance. No honesty and didn’t call out any of his coaches. Tired of all this same ole same ole. Fire them all.

Timbodog

September 4th, 2011
2:07 am

We got our butts handed to us. Richt can sugar-coat it all he wants, but we sucked out there.

Our lines got dominated. That should not happen to a Mountain West team.

Timbodog

September 4th, 2011
2:09 am

And Crowell looked awful…a young guy coming in with all the expectations in the world placed upon him…I’m completely surprised he couldn’t live up to it (sarcasm)

Greg McGarity

September 4th, 2011
2:10 am

I didn’t set this game up for you to lose 1.7 million and to give it to a bunch of smurfs. I did it so Me and CMR could share in the dough…..and you can’t even do that? Damn, do I need to hire someone else to get the job done:)

Timbodog

September 4th, 2011
2:11 am

The most disappointing part is that it was apparent that we had the superior athletes. The quick strikes proved that. We just don’t know how to sustain drives and use our talent to our advantage. That’s on the coaches.

UGA Alumnus

September 4th, 2011
2:18 am

Come on Bulldog Nation…

It’s time to learn how to be good fans.

We lost the game to a very good team. The Dawgs will learn from it and immediately start preparing for next weekend.

Go Dawgs!

We need to stop all this negativity. Be a fan of the game and a fan of the Dawgs; win, lose, or draw.

All this whining is pointless and reinforces the rest of the country’s view that we are bad fans.

just wondering

September 4th, 2011
2:25 am

Im just wondering how good is Boise? If the number five team in the nation beat GA like that and their name was Bama, Oklahoma, etc….what would we think? GA is not a top five team and if the other team is….wouldnt you expect that they would lose by fourteen????.Was hoping Boise wasn’t the real deal….but they looked pretty dang good. Definitely some places to improve….but I saw some positives as well. I think this team has the potential to be good by season end…and next year be very good.

Then again, they could fire Richt (for someone not much better) and send the whole thing packing.

Id like to see support at least thru the UT game….if it still looks bad then….then fire em all.

ramblin wrecker

September 4th, 2011
2:27 am

cmon people, u have to realize that talent and potential is only 10% of the game. There has to be solid coaching and solid gameplans to win in this game. UGA was simply outcoached and i think its time Bobo was replaced. His play calling has become way too vanilla, lol

dbc

September 4th, 2011
2:30 am

The man is delusional and pretty much lost…

Go Dawgs

September 4th, 2011
2:30 am

“Tough loss, but firing Bobo and/or Richt right here and now wouldn’t do us ANY good.”

Yeah…let’s keep getting our teeth kicked in year after year because they’re both such nice guys. Give me a break. They need to go. The sooner, the better.

Don Roberts

September 4th, 2011
2:33 am

UGA Alumnus you have got to be kidding. Really?

Boca Baby

September 4th, 2011
2:34 am

Todd Grantham and this 4-3 is not the answer. No adjustments. Our defense looked lost all night long. The looked like a bunch of deer in the headlights. I hate to say this but I think it might be the coaching.

Boca Baby

September 4th, 2011
2:36 am

The same thing that got Ray Goff is going to get Mark Richt. Too many former UGA players in the NFL playing championship caliber football. An imbecile can draw that conclusion.

Dawg48

September 4th, 2011
2:38 am

I hope the best for coach richt but it’s time for a change! What’s the point of winning the sec if you lost to Boise? Their is no pride their we still looked week out of shape and poorly coached. Bobo never changed any play calling ran the no huddle and kept going three and out and when Boise is running the no huddle our deffense got tiered and could not play. We don’t have the depth at to many positions to get run down that way.

ramblin wrecker

September 4th, 2011
2:41 am

dont blame UGA’s defense. They got shredded by a heisman candidate. Moore has been doing that to teams for 3yrs now. He’s done that to some great teams. Grantham and the “D” isnt the problem. Bobo has become way too predictable. run 1st, run 2nd, throw 3rd. the play calling was comical

ramblin wrecker

September 4th, 2011
2:44 am

Boca Baby is on point. U can have all the talent in the world, but if your coaching sucks the the team will suck. Half of UGA’s roster is 5star recruits. You BETTER win 10games a yr

nash

September 4th, 2011
2:51 am

Hats off to Boise a lot of these guys where on the team that beat Oregon and, some of those guys where on the team that beat Oklahoma and, I hoped but never thought the UGA would win this game. I was hoping for a better showing by the D and, better play in the passing game that never showed but, this is only game one and, there is a lot of football left for me and, everyone else to watch.

tennismom

September 4th, 2011
3:01 am

Bobo has got to Go-Go! I’ve been wanting him fired for a few years now. He’s predictable. He’s boring. And some of his play decisions simply defy logic. End runs or up the middle on a 3rd and long – over and over again after it hasn’t worked all game. Really? I love Coach Richt but honestly! He should’ve fired Bozo when he let Willie Martinez go. And that decision was at least a year overdue! I was really fired up for this season and thought we had turned a corner. And maybe we have. But what bothers me isn’t just that we lost, but HOW we lost. This is what feels all too familiar and it dosen’t feel good.

Roll Turd

September 4th, 2011
3:03 am

Superior athletes with s**t for brains…!!!
We got beat by a good team with intelligent athletes….not a bunch of self-absorbed show-offs….I am sick of recruiting these clowns.

Eastside dawg

September 4th, 2011
3:12 am

Enter your comments hereBAD THINGS: SAME OLD STORIES, ITS LITTLE THINGS! THE LINE THAT OUTWEIGHS THE OTHER BY 30 LBS CANT OPEN ANY HOLES. TOO MANY UNTIMELY PENALTIES.

THE DEFENSE BECAME TOO PASSIVE AND PREDICTABLE, REMINDS ME OF CWM!

AND WHY DOES THE DEFENSE CELEBRATE AFTER EVERY TACKLE!

WHY IS EVERY RUN PLAY A DRAW? STICK THE FREAKIN RUNNING BACK IN HE HOLE

GOOD THINGS: THE DEFENSE ALSO SUFFERED FROM ALOT OF TRICKERATION THAT THEY JUST COULDNT PREPARE FOR IN WEEK 1, THEY WILL BE BETTER

CROWELL LOOKS LIKE THE REAL DEAL, IF HE CAN GET SOME HOLES I THINK HE WILL BUST FREE ALOT
THIS YEAR

BOTTOM LINE IS GEORGIA HASNT WON A BIG GAME SINCE AUBURN IN 07 THEY MUST WIN AGAINST S CAROLINA OR IT WILL STICK WITH THEM ALL SEASON. I LOVE COACH RICHT, BUT THE BULLDOGS SHRINK IN BIG MOMENTS TOO OFTEN. BUT I THINK IF THEY CAN JUT GET 1 BIG WIN THEN I THINK ITLL START ROLLING

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:29 am

FIRE HIS ASS.

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:30 am

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:31 am

AND THEN ONE MORE TIME IN CASE HE DIDNT GET THE F@#$%^& MESSAGE. IS NOBODY ELSE TIRED OF THIS SH1T???????????????????????????????

sj

September 4th, 2011
3:35 am

The only thing worse than Ga’s coaching were their ghetto uniforms.

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:36 am

32 YEAR FAN ( WILLLIE MCLENDON FAN WHEN I WAS 7) AND I AM OFFICIALLY DONE UNTIL SOME MAJOR CHANGES ARE MADE IN THIS PROGRAM.

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:41 am

WISH I GOT PAID 9ZILLION DOLLARS TO SUCK AT MY JOB!!!

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:44 am

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERY F@#$%&% TEAM WE EVER PLAY. YOU ARE JUST BETTER THAN US . GOOD F@#$%^& JOB. THANKS FOR PLAYING US. WAY TO F@#$%^&% GO.

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
3:53 am

AND IF ANYBODY WANTS TO TALK TO ME MY F@#$%&$ PHONE NUMBER IS 801 -243-0330. EVER SEE THAT ON A MESAGE BOARD BEFORE? I AM ABSOLUTELY G0))AMN SICK OF THIS SH1T!!!!!!!

FIRE BOBO

September 4th, 2011
4:15 am

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FIRE BOBO

September 4th, 2011
4:16 am

Fire BoBo move Richard Samuel back to LB he’s to stiff to play RB and also where the hell was Ken “Boo” Malcome

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
4:36 am

richt is encouraged by the players attitudes. in a few years . . . maybe . . . fire this f@#$%^& guy yesterday? how much worse could we get?

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
4:39 am

thanks i’m done . i got enough problems to worry about without these sh!t burgers.

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
5:01 am

YOUR TIME IS UP RICHT. PACK UP YOUR SH!T AND HIT THE ROAD, LOSER.

righton

September 4th, 2011
5:27 am

year after year,I send my money….year after year it gets me NOTHING!

WtfWruthnkn

September 4th, 2011
5:28 am

Slc you nned a hobby or a job

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
5:48 am

I’m a radiologist you pos wtf do youndo?

SLCDawg

September 4th, 2011
5:51 am

My hobbies are flyfishing snowboarding upland bird hunting free ride mountain biking and, until recently, supporting the Georgia bulldogs.